IDW Sets Up Down Under

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Over two weekends this June, IDW CEO & Publisher Ted Adams and Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall will be on hand at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney and Perth, Australia, giving international fans an inside look at the workings and future of IDW Publishing! Together, they’ll be hosting panels, signing books, and celebrating IDW’s 15th Anniversary with fans from across the globe.

From June 13-15, Adams and Ryall can be found at the Sydney Showground, when Supanova kicks off in the metropolitan hub. At the IDW booth, you can stock up on IDW books as well as pick up an exclusive Supanova convention cover to Mars Attacks: First Born #2, written by Ryall and illustrated by Sam Kieth. The exclusive image adorning the cover is the first-ever “photo-selfie” with Adams and Ryall. This unique convention exclusive is limited to 250 copies for each of the Supanova conventions they will be attending this summer.

Also signing at the IDW booth will be artist/designer Ashley Wood, who will be showcasing an exclusive action figure through his 3A Toys line, as well as an array of his many IDW art books and comics, such as Zombies vs Robots, co-created with Ryall. TMNT cover/trading-card artist, Jon Sommariva, will also be signing and sketching at the IDW booth during the conventions.

At each of the two conventions, Adams and Ryall will be hosting two IDW-focused panels; one of which details the history of the company, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2014; the other panel will be an open forum to discuss new and upcoming projects and field questions from fans, too. In Sydney, the first panel will take place on Saturday at 10:30, with the second following on Sunday at 11:00. Please refer to the Supanova website for additional information and panel times in Perth.

IDW will be conducting Cover Talent Search sessions and General Portfolio Reviews at both shows. In Sydney, cover artists can bring their portfolios by the booth on Friday, from 15:00 – 16:00, and 14:30 – 15:30 on Saturday and Sunday. General portfolio reviews will be conducted from 16:30 – 17:30 on Friday, and 16:00 – 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

The following weekend, June 20th – 22nd Supanova and IDW head to the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, where panels, portfolio reviews, and access to the exclusive Mars Attacks cover will again be taking place throughout the weekend. Aspiring artists in Perth can bring their cover work for review from 14:30 – 15:30 on Saturday and Sunday, and general portfolios by between16:00 – 17:00.

Follow IDW on Facebook at facebook.com/idwpublishing and on Twitter @IDWPublishing for updates during the show, and to find out where we’ll be next!

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

Team Eastman’s 2014 Turtle Tour

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KEVIN EASTMAN, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and longtime publisher of Heavy Metal, kicks off a year of touring across the United States and abroad this weekend with an appearance at Jared’s Epic Party in Dallas, TX! Visit Kevin’s website for full details of all his original art available for sale and regular updates about his schedule. And stay in touch with Kevin on Facebook and Twitter!

Upcoming 2014 appearances and signings …..

February 22 -  Jareds Epic Party – Dallas, TX

March 2   - Sac Con – Sacramento, CA

March 28 and 29 – DLUX Expo – Detroit, MI

April 5 and 6 – Gem City Comic Con – Dayton, OH

April 25 & 26 - Calgary Comic Con, Canada

May 3 - Free Comic Book Day, Jetpack, Rochester, NH

May 9 & 10 - WAP! Comic Con, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

May 31 & June 1 - Indy Pop Con, Indianapolis, IN

June 6 & 7 - Niagara Falls CC, Niagara Falls, Canada

June 21 - Heroes Con, Charlotte, NC

July 12 & 13 - Capitol City Comic Con – Austin, TX

July 24-27 - San Diego Comicon – San Diego, CA

Sept 12 & 13 - Wizard World – Richmond, VA

Sept 26-27 - Alamo City – San Antonio, TX

October – Australia and New Zealand TBA

ReedPop Announces Partnership with Oz Comic-Con

ReedPOP Oz Comic-Con

Press Release:

ReedPop Announces Partnership with Oz Comic-Con

Australia’s Leading Pop Culture Conventions Now Part of World-Spanning Family of Expos

NORWALK, CT – February 10, 2014 – ReedPOP, the world’s largest producer of pop culture events, is today proud to announce a partnership with Oz Comic-Con, Australia’s leading series of pop culture conventions, that will add all five of Oz Comic-Con’s shows into the ReedPOP portfolio. Including its partnership with Oz Comic-Con, ReedPOP’s events now reach 600,000 attendees, welcome 3,000 exhibitors, showcase 2,000 guests, and occupy 4,000,000 gross square feet across 15 conventions on four continents around the world.

Since ReedPOP’s first event in 2006, the sold-out New York Comic Con, the group has sought to dually produce exceptional experiences for passionate audiences and grow the industries surrounding these passions, and this philosophy has led to burgeoning attendance, the support of major creators and publishers, and partnerships with leading entertainment brands including Lucasfilm (Star Wars Celebration), UFC (UFC Fan Expo), and Penny Arcade (PAX).

In recent years, ReedPOP has turned its attention internationally, recognizing new pop culture audiences emerging throughout the world, where it has produced once-in-a-lifetime experiences for these fans and connected exhibitors to hungry, unexplored markets. ReedPOP’s previous global events have been set in London, Germany, and Singapore. The company planted its biggest global flag to date last year with the launch of PAX Australia — bringing the US’s largest consumer video game festival to the continent with a sold-out event in Melbourne and creating a full-time ReedPOP office in Sydney.

And, today, ReedPOP’s Australian flag flies even higher as Oz Comic-Con joins this family. Since its creation in 2012 by DCA Enterprises, Oz Comic-Con has brought local creators and international celebrities together with devoted audiences, building a thriving event series that has welcomed 90,000 fans in 2013 and now spans Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbane.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Oz Comic-Con into ReedPOP,” Lance Fensterman, ReedPOP’s Global Senior Vice President, said. “Whether you’re in New York, London, or Melbourne, fans are collecting, consuming, and celebrating popular culture, and now together with Oz Comic-Con, we’ll be able to better serve them than either of us could do alone. With Oz Comic-Con’s local expertise and ReedPOP’s global relationships and knowledge, we’ll be building Oz Comic-Con into the kind of events Australia’s never seen before.”

“Over the past two years, Oz Comic-Con has created first class pop culture experiences, acting as a stage for local and international creativity,” Rand Ratinac, Director of DCA Enterprises, stated. “Our partnership with ReedPOP elevates Oz Comic-Con within the competitive international market, truly putting Australia on the map for pop culture events and opening the door for remarkable opportunities that will carry on through to our attendees, supporters, guests, and exhibitors.”

ReedPOP’s relationship with Oz Comic-Con will see its Australian office further expand to take on Oz Comic-Con’s five businesses in collaboration with creators and current producers, DCA Enterprises, and strategic support from ReedPOP’s New York Comic Con team in the USA.

“Last year’s PAX Australia went beyond our wildest expectations, and we look forward to that fun, love, and community continuing at Oz Comic-Con,” Bernadette Neumann, ReedPOP Australia Event Director, said. “We’re excited to blend New York Comic Con’s experience with DCA’s understanding of the local market, something that’s unprecedented in Australia, and in the pop culture world at large. We can’t wait to share what we create with all of Oz Comic-Con’s current and new fans!”

ReedPOP’s relationship with Oz Comic-Con will begin at Oz Comic-Con’s upcoming Perth and Adelaide events, and ReedPOP looks to further bolster its reach with additional domestic and international announcements in the coming year. The organizer is actively exploring new projects throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
“We look to be able to present killer brands, personalities, and content in marketplaces around the planet, and our partnership with Oz Comic-Con is a massive step toward this,” Fensterman said. “We want to work with the best people to build the greatest experiences for our customers wherever they may be, and we look forward to Oz Comic-Con being part of this adventure with us!”

More information on what the ReedPOP-Oz Comic-Con partnership will mean for attendees, exhibitors, talent, and sponsors will be revealed in the coming weeks as ReedPOP and DCA Enterprises work together on Oz Comic-Con’s 2014 series of events. This year’s Oz Comic-Con dates: Perth (Mar 29-30), Adelaide (Apr 5-6), Melbourne (July 5-6), Brisbane (Sept 6-7), and Sydney (Sept 13-14).

About ReedPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP (has) added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific (including Australia). (www.reedpop.com)

About Oz Comic-Con
Oz Comic-Con Oz Comic-Con produces pop culture expos across Australia that celebrate TV shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels, anime, and gaming. The events feature multi-genre content from across the spectrum – appearances by film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors; gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions; creative workshops and master classes; and hard-to-find merchandise. Oz Comic-Con proudly supports local Australian talent and businesses in many areas, providing a platform to showcase Australian creativity and endeavors. Oz Comic-Con was created by DCA Enterprises, the Sydney-based company also responsible for The Hub Productions’ intimate pop culture events. (www.ozcomiccon.com)

Armageddon Expo (October 2009)

OzTrek (August 2009)

Convention Website: http://www.firstcontactconventions.com.au

Date(s):: August 22nd, 2009

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: 6

Projected Attendance:: 210

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